They are currently housing a sculpture exhibition and you can get more information here. There were endless photo opportunities, but the beautiful back drop of the Manor and some modern sculptures were hugely inspiring and my legs had a new lease of life as the adrenalin (combined with morphine) enabled me to investigate most of what was available to view!!
Modern art usually isn't my thing..... but so many of this collection were amazingly imaginative and awe inspiring. My favourite by far was an enormous chandelier. From a distance it looked like a wonderfully ornate crystal chandelier.
It is only on closer inspection that it is apparent that the "crystals" are actually acrylic people in gorgeous pastel shades in a variety of different poses all hanging / standing on each others shoulders.
I LoVED this piece of work. It made us smile and even laugh that the crystals were little people! Even the colours chosen were beautiful - simple, almost childish in their choice of palette but so gorgeous!! They were slightly stronger in colour towards the centre of the structure and the colour faded towards the edges.
The enormous structure of a man changed in perception from different angles all around the garden. He did have a rather large bottom - much to the delight of my littlies.
I did love this teapot
It was a wonderful work in metal with scroll type detail making up it's body, spout and handle! R said all the tea would spill out rather than come out the spout (she's pouring the tea out as per the nursery rhyme). Although it was locked during our visit - the concept was like a garden room - and had a number of seats worked into the internal shape!!
The last sculpture I took a fancy to was this chap - the metal one in the middle that is....
And what else to do on a cultural experience at an historical manor of enormous national value?
Why....roly polys of course - and LoTS of them!!